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Oregonians can donate bottle return money to Ukraine

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Beginning Monday, Oregonians can donate the money from returnable cans and bottles directly to relief efforts in Ukraine.

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, which operates the BottleDrop program, is allowing users to donate money to Portland-based Mercy Corps, which is helping people displaced by the war in Ukraine, the agency said in a press release Monday.

Mercy Corps is providing cash assistance to local organizations in Ukraine, Romania and Poland that are focused on addressing urgent humanitarian needs.

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative will match those donations with a $25,000 contribution from its emergency fund.

BottleDrop users can log in to their accounts and direct money toward the effort or take returnables directly to a BottleDrop center and inform staff that they wish to donate the money to Ukraine.

“We are devastated by the tragedy in Ukraine, and we wanted to find a way to engage the BottleDrop network and help Ukrainians seeking safety,” said Eric Chambers, director of external relations at the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, in the release.

“Oregonians routinely put their bottles and cans to great use supporting nonprofits and community organizations,” Chambers said. “Now we have a chance to use our BottleDrop funds and redeemable containers to help our distant neighbors in Ukraine during this horrible crisis.”